This last case was a tough one. All the evidence pointed to a young criminal. It’s always hard when the perp is a teen, to see one turn so young to crime. I only hope by catching them I can help point them in a new direction.
We spent several days on surveillance until we had enough to bring her in. When I arrived at the park as she walked home from school, she was looking guilty.
It didn’t take long to confirm that this girl matched the evidence at hand.
She was booked, searched, and fingerprinted. All the time professing her innocence. She even tried crying. But I knew I had the right girl.
She held out far longer than I expected, but kids think they can get away with it all far after an adult would be convinced to confess in the light of all the evidence. I refuse to use “bad cop” tactics unless I have no choice.
But when I described what would happen, that she was looking a a criminal record that would stay with her and Juvenal detention, unless she confessed. But if she did, she’d get off with community service, and we’d erase this from her record if she didn’t reoffend, she folded.
Once I’d booked her, the chief called me in his office and I must say I was quite nervous.
In his own backwards way he was impressed and promoted me on the spot to Sergeant (Level 6). I couldn’t wait to rush home and tell Penelope (everyone else was still working).
My aspriation is progressing well, in a few more days I’ll have finally finished the rocket and can start upgrading it. Or perhaps traveling to space myself. I know Cocoa bought it, but we can share. Working on the rocket is a great way to relax at the end of the day. Give my brain cells a rest and a chance to connect clues in the background.